You’ve heard of Siamese Twins, but you probably never thought about it occurring outside of the human race. I know I haven’t… Then this past weekend I found this “Siamese Twin” Daisy at Whole Foods. It was on a plant with many flowers, hidden amongst many for sale. I loved it.
I never really considered the idea of “conjoined flowers” before. But it seems pretty reasonable. Apparently it’s pretty common in Gerbera Daisies, Squash, Echinacea and similar plants. A google search for “Siamese Twin Flowers” produced some interesting results, but no scientific explanation as to why it occurs. I would assume it’s some sort of mutation or incomplete cell division, but other research suggests it can possibly be a result of seeds planted too closely, or a virus such as Aster Yellow Virus that affects coneflowers, among others. In short, I can’t tell you the real answer for sure, as to why it occurs.
Nonetheless, here’s a few pictures for you to enjoy.